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Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus moscheutos

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Hibiscus moscheutos

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Hibiscus moscheutos Plant Information

Scientific Name: Hibiscus moscheutos
Common Name: hardy hibiscus

swamp mallow
Family: Malvaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders
Plant Form: upright, rounded
Height: 1 - 4 feet
Spread: 1 - 4 feet
Foliage: leaves palmately veined, lobed, or parted

coarsely-textured foliage
Flower: pink, rose, and white single, showy flower 12-18" diameter

largest flowers of any perennial
Bloom Period: Summer
Sun: full sun
Water: medium water requirement
Soil: prefers moist, acidic sites

tolerates poorly drained soils

ideal for difficult, wet sites
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 5 - 9
Native Range: Southern US
Maintenance: prune to ground after first frost

may need an iron supplement

propagation by stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to Japanese beetles, aphids, and white flies

may display chlorosis (high pH)

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